Bradford winger Kyel Reid's return to action during the weekend defeat at Bristol Rovers helped ease manager Phil Parkinson's disappointment.
Reid, 24, stepped off the bench for the last 30 minutes after being sidelined since Boxing Day with a hamstring injury and his return to full fitness will give Parkinson's side a big lift.
Parkinson said at the press conference after his side's second defeat in nine league games: "Reidy has been a loss to us recently because he gives us natural width and a real threat down that left flank.
"He's put in some really good crosses during the half an hour or so that he was on the pitch and we could easily have scored from one of them on another day.
"I was a bit concerned about starting him on this difficult pitch, especially when you're coming back from a hamstring problem, but he did well when he came on from the bench."